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Raleigh City Council OKs 'Rock 'n' Roll' marathon for 2014

Posted December 4, 2012

— The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday gave the OK for a new marathon in the Capital City, beginning in April 2014.

The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance will fund the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series as part of a five-year deal, with a three-year option to renegotiate, at a cost of $125,000 per year.

The music-themed race, which will be held in 34 U.S. cities next year, will feature live bands along every mile along the course, says Dana Allen, senior vice president of development of Competitor Group, which organizes the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series.

"We have cheerleading groups that cheer the runners along," she said. "We have themed water stations, so we're really trying to make running as fun as possible."

Organizers of other marathons in Raleigh, however, say they are concerned that the event will detract runners from other marathons, such as the City of Oaks Marathon.

"Anytime you have a race that could conceivable bring 10,000 to 15,000 people to the city, that's going to have a negative impact on other local races," City of Oaks Marathon director Ron Wahula said.

Scott Dupree, of the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, says details of the event still need to be worked out and that the group will work with other race directors.

But, he says, the benefits of the Rock 'n' Roll Series cannot be denied.

"Rock and roll has a history and a track record of not negatively impacting other events, but actually helping other events – sort of the old theory of a rising tide that lifts all ships."

The City Council still wants its Law and Public Safety Committee to look into how the race might affect other events and to take a closer look at how Raleigh can best accommodate all the races.


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  • Red Sox 04 Dec 5, 2012

    bo4duke-- ashamed of themselves? Really? As an example,last year was the first time the Rock and Roll series was in Savannah Ga. There were an estimated 25,000 visitors to the area who spent $35,000,000.00 in 5 days. Who in their right mind would think that is a bad idea for the city? I have run races in 9 states (5 of them rock and roll). I get on a plane, rent a car,buy gas go out to eat, shop and go to local stores and always go with a group of people. We get all of this for $125,000. That is a great deal not to mention the publicity that goes along with it. If any of the local races could come even close to this after years of trying then maybe there would be room for them to gripe.

  • bombayrunner Dec 5, 2012

    pretty cool ... i ran i think was the 2nd marathon and it was horrible ... it was 20degrees.

  • dwntwnboy Dec 5, 2012

    Good idea WFrules....maybe get them to do a whole "Rocky" medley for inspiration! LOL

  • WFrules Dec 5, 2012

    Please have someone sing "Eye of the Tiger" it will make me run faster.

  • dwntwnboy Dec 5, 2012

    "I sure don't want it to shut down my street as so many other foot races do here in Raleigh"- maybe they can route some of the race through the new Dix park so as to cut down on the number of streets affected, just a thought. :-)

  • brotorious Dec 5, 2012

    Don't see any financial benefits? Who gave you all the financial details? Sure didn't get them from the article. If 10k to 15k people show up for any event, there is a potential financial benefit for the city. Oh, and Boo Hoo to you and your street. Whaaa Whaaa Whaaa

  • jacamoe Dec 5, 2012

    An AC/DC tribute that plays all the greats and are in fact fantastic would be motivating to all that cross their path. They are a Raleigh based band and play the Lincoln Theatre about once every three months. They are NIGHTPROWLER. Bon Scott Lives, I am serious. Go see them at the Lincoln with ZOSO Jan.19th. They never disappoint.

  • nomorethanthat Dec 5, 2012

    I just don't see the financial benefit of this "marathon" and I sure don't want it to shut down my street as so many other foot races do here in Raleigh.

  • piene2 Dec 5, 2012

    If I enter may I use my golf cart?

  • bo4duke Dec 5, 2012

    The City Council should be ashamed of themselves. You paid this group 125K to come here, gave them all of their ancillary support for free, gave them an unrestricted course downtown, and they will charge 2x what the local races charge to participate. Way to go City Council. Thanks for supporting the local running community which gets no local money, pays for ancillary support, and has extreme restrictions on the race course. And by the way, anyone can put a guy with a guitar at a mile marker and call it music.....Raleigh Rocks already does that locally.